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Exit polls: Mamata Banerjee not in talks with Akhilesh or Mayawati, say Trinamool Congres sources

Trinamool Congress sources have rushed to deny any communication between them saying that there are no talks happening with Mayawati or UP CM Akhilesh Yadav or even the Congress.(PTI)

With exit polls predicting a hung assembly in the state of Uttar Pradesh with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the lead, Samajwadi Party’s Akhilesh Yadav has few choices to turn to in order to ensure the chiefministership does not slip out of his hands. With talk of BJP rivals getting together doing the rounds and linking them to West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee, Trinamool Congress sources have rushed to deny any communication between them saying that there are no talks happening with Mayawati or UP CM Akhilesh Yadav or even the Congress. Earlier it was suggested that West Bengal Chief Minister was trying to be a mediator between the BSP-SP leader to forge a possible alignment between the parties. Allegedly the prospect of a blooming lotus in the state of Uttar Pradesh pushed her into the intervention to restrict the BJP’s probable comeback after a long time.

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Exit polls results released yesterday forecast BJP coming back to reign in the crucial state of Uttar Pradesh. Following the results, Akhilesh Yadav had in an interview to BBC hinted of an alignment with Mayawati. Akhilesh Yadav said, “Will do anything to keep BJP out. A tie-up with BSP will be better than President rule in UP.” He asserted the fact that Samajwadi Party will retain its rule in Uttar Pradesh but was not exactly ruling out the possibility of an alliance.

Though exit polls have suggested a saffron sweep, they are not always accurate. Previously too exit polls, which have their margin of error woven in, have still gone wrong for varied reasons. Akhilesh Yadav has a lot at stake and a loss will prove disastrous for the ‘Cycle’ party. Both SP and BJP have gambled big in winning the assembly elections, be it the last minute alignment of AP-Congress or Narendra Modi himself participating in the election rallies to sweep in as many votes as possible.